IOGEAR’s flash drive fits into your wallet, pocket, or purse. At a size of only 4.80 x 0.118 x 6.25-inches, it holds up to 4GB of music, movies, images, or other important data. The metallic blue drive is plug ‘n play with USB 1.1 and 2.0 functionality with a transfer speed of up to 480 Mbps, and will work with Windows XP/Vista, Mac OS X 10.3 or later, and Unix. The Wallet Drive is available for $56.99 on Amazon. Just don’t slide it into your ATM by mistake.
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Many of us use our trusty USB thumb drive to store our music, but how would you like to play your music from said drive? We bring you the Kinyo MB-200 Portable USB Flash Player, a rather long moniker for a small and handy speaker. That’s right: just plug your thumb drive into the MB-200’s USB port and press play. The speaker plays MP3, WAV and WMA formats, has an equalizer, and is compatible with iPods, MP3 or CD players and other music sources. While speaker systems with USB ports are nothing new, the MB-200 is easily one of the smaller ones. Requires AAA batteries or AC adapter (both included!). Unfortunately, there is no pricing info on the product website.
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Boy, have times changed. When we were kids, Lego was just a bunch of plastic brick toys. Fast forward to 2007, and Lego now appeals to all age groups, with it’s own quirky Star Wars video game franchise, home and bath accessories(!), and now—a 1GB thumb drive, courtesy of Zip Zip. When closed, it looks like a standard Lego brick, however a USB drive is revealed when opened. It even comes with a strap to hook on to your keyring. Very cool and retro—just don’t let your little one grab it, lest it become a piece of that Lego Millennium Falcon he’s building. Available in six colors for $50 USD.
We’re not sure exactly how necessary this is, but we love it anyway: it’s Lexar‘s JumpDrive Secure II Plus, a USB flash drive which has a meter on it that shows how much space you have left. Sure, you can obtain the same information with just a few clicks of the mouse—but the meter is way cooler and slightly quicker. The JumpDrive Secure II Plus is also encrypted, as you might have guessed by now, and you can set passwords for different files. The JumpDrive is available in capacities up to 4GB, with prices starting at $20 for the 512 MB model.
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We’d like to warn you about a new way to steal your online banking data. In London, an innocent-looking USB flash drive was found on the ground. The curious (and who wouldn’t be?), finder plugged it into their computer—and unknowingly installed a trojan, designed specifically to steal the user’s bank login and personal data, without warning. An investigation into the matter is underway, so hopefully more details will emerge soon. Now that we’re all much more savvy about phishing and identity theft, techie thieves are finding more and more covert ways to commit their crimes.
We love our flash drive to death, and are still figuring out how we lived without it for so long. The only problem is that it’s so small we keep misplacing it! If you’re in the same boat, here’s an interesting solution: a 512MB USB flash drive—that snaps onto your wrist! Talk about portability. In addition, this wristband has a password function, data can be written and erased over 1 million times(!) and you can store information on it for over 10 years. The downside? The drive is USB 1.1, not 2.0, so expect slightly slower transfer times than you might be accustomed to. Works with both PCs and Macs. Available for $14 USD.
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Still hankering to show off your school spirit, even though March Madness is over? Consider a USB Flash drive with the logo of your favorite college team, courtesy of PNY. Guaranteed coolness on campus and off, and a great conversation piece to boot. The drives come in 1GB, 2GB and 4GB sizes, with prices ranging from a reasonable $15-$45 USD. However, this “special pricing” from PNY only lasts until April 16, so hurry!
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